Torbay Lottery extended - and local good causes can apply for cash

Torbay Weekly

The online Torbay Lottery has been extended for an further four years.

Established as a pilot in 2017 to help Torbay's communities to raise additional funding, by the end of last month the weekly draw sold a total of 266,106 tickets and raised £159,664 for local good causes.

The lottery has seen 131 local good causes benefit from the weekly draw.

Now heading into its fifth year and after a successful procurement process, Torbay Council's Cabinet are recommending the management of the Torbay Lottery be awarded to Gatherwell Limited from May for a period of up to six years.

Not only does the Torbay Lottery enable not-for-profit charity, community and voluntary sector organisations across Torbay to raise funds free of charge but owing to the support from everyone that signs up and plays, £9,000 has been raised for the 2021/22 Small Grants Fund pot.

This means that between January 14 and March 14, local good causes can apply for a share.

The council will be accepting and considering bids of up to £2,000 to help cover the costs of specific activities or small items of equipment.

You do not need to be a current Torbay Lottery good causes to apply but must meet the requirements set out in the policy.

Cllr Darren Cowell, deputy leader of the Council, said: “Our local good causes provide invaluable support within the community for the community.

"By ensuring a new contract is in place we’re securing the future of the Torbay Lottery, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to deliver and support a successful third sector and continuing to empower local good causes to raise vital funds in a fun and effective way.”

Cllr Christine Carter, Cabinet member for corporate and community services at Torbay Council, said: “It’s been another tough year for our communities but owing to the support shown through the Torbay Lottery we’re able to help more local good causes.

“We want to encourage as many local groups as possible to benefit from the Torbay Lottery either through applying for funding through the Small Grants Fund or by becoming a member of the Torbay Lottery and receiving 60p from every £1 ticket sold for their cause.

"One hundred and thirty-one local good causes are already signed up and benefitting from the initiative, our top cause raised over £1,500 last year.”

Craig Ballard, from Friends of The Vigilance said: “We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everyone who has continued to support us by playing the Torbay Lottery.

"Our local heritage has struggled during these uncertain times and your donations have helped us to meet those challenges and keep us sailing in the Bay.

"Evidencing local support is essential when our charity applies for large grants. Playing the Torbay Lottery and choosing Vigilance helps to show our heritage is community backed - which is critical to our survival. Help local organisations such as ours by telling your friends and family about the Torbay Lottery.”